LISTEN: Livingstone Shire Council budget's big jobs spend
A CAPITAL works program worth more than a record $88 million and 60 local jobs are the jewel in the Livingstone Shire Council draft budget crown.
Released on Friday, more than 50% of the budget is dedicated to infrastructure and strategic road development.
But some of that infrastructure, a multi-sports complex planned for Emu Park, is depending on the outcome of the weekend's federal election for a $1.5 million chunk of the bill.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the State Government had met the Coalition Government's $1.5 million pledge to the $4.5 million project but council was working on a joint partnership with Bendigo Bank to fund the balance.
"Every dollar that we can get in from State and Federal government, obviously the council has to have a skin in the games by putting in a contribution but the more partnerships we can build, the more infrastructure we can get put in place without it having to either increase our loans or the rates funding that we've got to raise from the community," he said.
Mr Ludwig said council had secured $47.3 million of the $88.8 million capital works program, which would benefit community road networks and primary producers, from state and federal funding sources.
"A couple of those big items are obviously the reconstruction of Statue Bay and stabilisation of the cliff face and rebuilding the sea wall," he said.
"We hope as that construction rolls out its plan that we would put in a pedestrian and a cycle way linkage and that would be one of the strategic missing links to long term have that cycle way connection between Yeppoon and Emu Park.
"The Panorama Drive project is advancing, this is the last major stage and the most critical part of the project."
Mr Ludwig said the two year project was a dollar for dollar arrangement with the State Government and would create 60 local jobs.
"(It will) provide the linkage that would facilitate the further growth of the development of the northern suburbs in the coming years but also provide an alternate supply and evacuation route in times of natural disaster," he said.
The budget will be formally adopted by council on July 12.